Asheville named a top-10 yoga-friendly city in August 2011 issue of Yoga Journal
"The news hasn't been added to Yoga Journal's online site, but folks online are talking about it […] Here's an image of the August issue's cover, with reference near the bottom to '50 fantastically yoga-friendly cities.'" — [mountainx.com]
Red Cross hosts annual drive in Asheville during summer blood shortage
"The American Red Cross released a national appeal Tuesday to donors after type O negative blood supplies dropped to critically low levels across the country. The regional Red Cross will host Operation Blood Drive today [June 22] — its largest annual one-day drive — in hopes of exceeding 500 donation units to replenish the dwindling supply." — [Asheville Citizen-Times]
Hendersonville author claims breast cancer cured through 'Cellular Level Healing'
"Alice McCall offers hard data, medical reports and proof that no evidence of breast cancer remains. She credits a process she terms "Cellular Level Healing" for this astounding outcome. The story is detailed in her book, 'Wellness Wisdom.'" — [pr.com]
Counties to pick nominees for 'Family Caregiver of Year'
"Three local winners will be selected from Buncombe, Henderson and Transylvania counties. Each local winner will receive eight hours of free respite care, a variety of cash and gift awards and a one-year scholarship to Homewatch CareGivers University, a fully accredited online university in health care. The top local winner will be entered into the national evaluation and will be eligible for the $10,000 cash grand prize." — [BlueRidgeNow.com]
Henderson County schools anti-tobacco program cut
"A popular substance abuse program in the Henderson County school system designed to keep kids from smoking has fallen victim to budget cuts." — [BlueRidgeNow.com]
Study: Mystery ingredient in coffee boosts protection against Alzheimer’s disease
"A yet-unidentified component of coffee interacts with the beverage’s caffeine, which could be a surprising reason why daily coffee intake protects against Alzheimer’s disease. A new Alzheimer’s mouse study by researchers at the University of South Florida found that this interaction boosts blood levels of a critical growth factor that seems to fight off the Alzheimer’s disease process." — [University of Southern Florida]
Taking 'the pill' for acne was fatal, Asheville dad says
"A father says his 15-year-old daughter, who was not sexually active, died of pulmonary embolisms from taking Yasmin and Ocella, contraceptives that a doctor prescribed for acne. The father claims Bayer 'aggressively' promoted the contraceptives for off-label uses, and 'ignored' the 'serious risks associated with the drug.'" — [Courthouse News Service]
Study: Nudging doctors in intensive care unit reduces deaths
"A new Northwestern Medicine study shows the attending physician in the intensive care unit could use a copilot, too. The mortality rate plummeted 50 percent when the attending physician in the intensive care unit had a checklist — a fairly new concept in medicine — and a trusted person prompting him to address issues on the checklist if they were being overlooked. Simply using a checklist alone did not produce an improvement in mortality." — [Northwestern University]